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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Amy~ View Post
    We fly MSP-ATL-AUA twice a year on Delta. On our flight to Aruba our connection time in Atlanta is anywhere from 58 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes. Knock on wood, we've never had a problem connecting (and neither has our luggage). However, I would never do such a short connection time on a return flight since it's later in the day and more delays, etc. may have occured throughout the day so we always make sure to have about a 2 hour connection on our return.
    Thanks for that info! I'll keep it in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Thank you for all the info! I would have to fly to DFW, so the 5:40 am is not an option. I saw some flights similar to yours but the return flights would be about 20 hours. The Delta option sounds promising, is 1 hour enough to change planes in ATL? Seems a bit tight.
    As long as the flight is on time it is not a problem. Last June my wife who needs a wheel chair, and grand daughter arrived on time but there was no chair and no attendant waiting. She asked the Delta ticket agent where it was and she said it will show up and went back to work. 10 minutes later it was still not there and she asked the Delta lady again. She said it will come. My wife said will it come before my connecting flight leaves in 20 minutes? The woman then got busy and asked wife what flight she was on. When she checked it, she made a phone call and a young girl showed up with a chair and they literally ran through the airport with the chair and arrived at the gate as the last passengers were boarding. We have had several issues with Delta on the wheel chairs. My wife can walk but for only short distances before she starts having pain in her hips and legs. Farther she walks, more it hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    As long as the flight is on time it is not a problem. Last June my wife who needs a wheel chair, and grand daughter arrived on time but there was no chair and no attendant waiting. She asked the Delta ticket agent where it was and she said it will show up and went back to work. 10 minutes later it was still not there and she asked the Delta lady again. She said it will come. My wife said will it come before my connecting flight leaves in 20 minutes? The woman then got busy and asked wife what flight she was on. When she checked it, she made a phone call and a young girl showed up with a chair and they literally ran through the airport with the chair and arrived at the gate as the last passengers were boarding. We have had several issues with Delta on the wheel chairs. My wife can walk but for only short distances before she starts having pain in her hips and legs. Farther she walks, more it hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    As long as the flight is on time it is not a problem. Last June my wife who needs a wheel chair, and grand daughter arrived on time but there was no chair and no attendant waiting. She asked the Delta ticket agent where it was and she said it will show up and went back to work. 10 minutes later it was still not there and she asked the Delta lady again. She said it will come. My wife said will it come before my connecting flight leaves in 20 minutes? The woman then got busy and asked wife what flight she was on. When she checked it, she made a phone call and a young girl showed up with a chair and they literally ran through the airport with the chair and arrived at the gate as the last passengers were boarding. We have had several issues with Delta on the wheel chairs. My wife can walk but for only short distances before she starts having pain in her hips and legs. Farther she walks, more it hurts.
    We have had a few issues with Delta over the years. The last issue was with a rude and unhelpful flight attendant on a domestic flight in December. I sent off an email to Delta customer service through their website. They responded in a positive way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    As long as the flight is on time it is not a problem. Last June my wife who needs a wheel chair, and grand daughter arrived on time but there was no chair and no attendant waiting. She asked the Delta ticket agent where it was and she said it will show up and went back to work. 10 minutes later it was still not there and she asked the Delta lady again. She said it will come. My wife said will it come before my connecting flight leaves in 20 minutes? The woman then got busy and asked wife what flight she was on. When she checked it, she made a phone call and a young girl showed up with a chair and they literally ran through the airport with the chair and arrived at the gate as the last passengers were boarding. We have had several issues with Delta on the wheel chairs. My wife can walk but for only short distances before she starts having pain in her hips and legs. Farther she walks, more it hurts.
    That was quite some experience, glad you all made it in time.

    Luckily, I would not need a wheelchair. But when my mother comes to visit, she requests one through Delta in Atlanta. The service is just getting worse each time. It seems they are all overworked and in a hurry. When I picked her up at the airport here in Texas, there were only one or two employees for 12 (twelve!) requested wheelchairs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    That was quite some experience, glad you all made it in time.

    Luckily, I would not need a wheelchair. But when my mother comes to visit, she requests one through Delta in Atlanta. The service is just getting worse each time. It seems they are all overworked and in a hurry. When I picked her up at the airport here in Texas, there were only one or two employees for 12 (twelve!) requested wheelchairs!

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    I think they are airport employees. Not certain but the ones that get her in Aruba are airport employees.

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    After reading this thread, I consider myself triple blessed that I have a non-stop available from Boston that's under 5 hours. Hats off to you folks that have major connections and time invested in getting to Aruba... and then home again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    are the transport people airline employees or outside vendor employees?
    They were airline employees, I guess, as they were working inside the airport, waiting at the flight gates to pick up the passengers who had requested wheelchairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    They were airline employees, I guess, as they were working inside the airport, waiting at the flight gates to pick up the passengers who had requested wheelchairs.

    Delta in Aruba uses contract employees and not employees who work directly for the airline.
    These gate agents also do wheelchair "duty".

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